Appraisers: Rule change unfairly benefits large land owners
March 24, 2011 Tampa Tribune
TAMPA Big landowners could shift some of their property tax burden to smaller landowners if new rules from Florida's tax agency stand, according to a new lawsuit signed by dozens of Florida property appraisers.
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner filed a lawsuit last month to block the Florida Department of Revenue from enacting the new rules. Nearly all property appraisers in Florida have since joined the suit, either individually or through industry groups.
The biggest winners appear to be tax representatives, experts who help companies lower their property tax bills for a fee, said Will Shepherd, a lawyer in Turner's office. The state agency drew up the new rules before Gov. Rick Scott took office, so they do not appear to be the new governor's work, he said